Nowadays, online banking is much more exploded than ever since it seems that you can buy almost goods by some simple clicks. From trusted online markets such as Amazon, Dell, Apple Store to recent phenomenons, the Groupon sites, Internet has been the bridge to connect the sellers and buyers, more easily, instantly. As a producer, you can now set up an online store and start your business thanks to lots of available services. Meanwhile, if you have already had a credit card or Paypal account, then you are able to buy almost thing you want via your screen.
However, in fact, there are a number of ricks while taking part in online transaction and business. The matter lies in unwanted hacking, phishing, keylog, vulnerability etc. Your wallet has only some easy remember information, so it is too dangerous if it is stolen.
How we can protect our confidential financial information is being a higher demand in the digital era. It is not easy to answer, however. Here in my newest post, I will take a glance at Steganos Online Banking 2011 solution which perhaps will be your next close friend in daily online business.
There are number of ways to protect your financial information, though non are really perfect. In my case, I often use Paypal to purchase anything I want since it help me hidden my credit card information. Also, I can easily control my balance and avoid any unwanted extra payment. Though I am using both Windows and Linux, I always choose the open operating system to take part in online business since it is more secured than the Microsoft backed OS. Whenever I have to use Windows (on my desktop), I always use virtual keyboard to login the payment and place the transaction. I am not sure if what I am using is secure or not, I am quite happy with online banking so far, thanks to above mentions and Kaspersky.
Here, let me go directly to the Steganos. Few days back, I took advantage of the giveaway opportunity which the German vendor was holding and get a free license key of Steganos. Normally, we have to pay more than 19 Euro to get it.
At first, I was quite skeptical about the software ‘s function and completely give my regular protective methods all belief so I have not installed the software till the moment I start looking back the offer and try to write a new article. As the producer described, whenever install Steganos, you can then your financial information anywhere you want without any worry about losing it. Also, you are able to give your browser a short sleep since Steganos does not require any browser to surf the Internet. Steganos Online Banking works instead since it can connect directly to your bank account via a highly secure encryption.
When I tried to install the application, I was quite shocking since I realized that the application does not support English language and it also works well on USB stick like any other portable application. The application will consume you 15 MB, you can download the direct link here.
Despite of supporting German language only, I have not met any difficult while installed the software. Just click and click as simple as you have already installed a number of other application. However, the problem started appeared then. Not only the language issue but also a very brand-new ways of usage. Definitely, Steganos Online Banking has brought a new definition or concept in protecting online banking transaction. However, probably there should be more convenient in support wide range of customers worldwide, at least in term of language support!
How to use Steganos Online Banking
After finishing installation process, you have to first create a personal profile that includes your password for the sake of prevent other from using the application. You can then apply the license key or continue using 30 days of trial. Here is the screen shot to apply the copyright.
One the main UI, there are total 8 context menus (text and icon) on the top bar in which you can explore by yourself many other options. Kontoauszug means Bank Statement, Überweisung means Transfer, Ausgangskorb means Outbox, Drucken means Print, Empfänger means Receive, Kategorien means Category, Zahlungsverkehr means Payment and Extras means other information.
While I am writing and taking some screen-shots, the application suddenly close up and then require me re-login with my current profile. Another amazing is I can not use the copy function the text on the application ‘s content, so secured indeed!
To get started, you just need to choose the drop- list Neu menu or click on Neuen Bankzugang einrichten (meaning Setting up new bank access) on the middle of the main interface, as the image below:
Then you will be required to fill up few necessary fields and by that, you can prove you are the real holder bank account. At first, it is Bankleitzahl (Bank Account Number). In the next, fill in the Benutzeridentifizierung field with your User Identification including Benutzerkennung (User ID) and Kunden (Customers).
Next, use your Internet address of your banking system you are holding an account there. In the last step, you have to use your current PIN number to pass the checking process. Due to I have not been a customer in any German bank, so it showed I was unable to authenticate my personal information to create a new account there.
I tried to make another experiment with Paypal. Just click on Neu and choose Paypal on the list.
Then you have to login with your Paypal account. In the next step, I use my own account to test. However, I can not fill the password field because it used a virtual keyboard to avoid keylogger. So my testing, one again, fall!
My Open Conclusion!
Perhaps, I have to clarify some important information to you:
- The application only support German language.
- It only support German bank with more than 300 ones.
- I am not sure if it works with Paypal or not since I cannot login into my account. Perhaps I will try one again with a simple password account.
In my opinion, the interface is so professional and encryption methods are really awesome, you will be definitely complete secure while going online business with it. I hope they will extend their service with more support, both language and worldwide bank.
Last by not least, there are two things for you: I will giveaway my account for those who comment on this article and try some ways to promo this article. Just give the pick up task for Random.org! Of course, in the coming time. Also, I will give more information above Paypal case by another article! Stay tuned by subscription your email to update my newest article.
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